Results for January 2009
  • Gaming Snafu Latest In Series Of DRM Flubs
    Digital rights management software created another fiasco for a gaming company this week, when some fans of the PC version of Epic Games's "Gears of War" found themselves unable to play.
  • New Cox Plan Not Exactly Net-Neutral
    Cox Communications' new traffic-shaping plan is roiling many net neutrality advocates, who say the company has no business deciding which types of Web traffic to prioritize.
  • Report: Comcast, AT&T Onboard With RIAA Anti-Piracy Plan
    Last month, when the Recording Industry Association of America said it intends to work with broadband companies to sanction alleged pirates, the plan raised a host of questions. One of the biggest was which service providers were willing to work with the RIAA. At first, the major ISPs denied wanting anything to do with the plan. But now, Cnet is reporting that two large ISPs -- Comcast and AT&T -- are on board with the initiative.
  • In YouTube Purge, Warner Shutters Own Musicians' Videos
    Warner Music Group's month-old licensing dispute with YouTube has spread far beyond company executives. It's now disrupting a host of musicians -- including the label's own artists.
  • Blogger To Keep Anonymity For Now
    The blogger who trashed model Liskula Cohen on the site "Skanks in NYC" will remain anonymous for at least four more weeks, a judge in New York ruled Monday.
  • YouTube: Free Clips Boost DVD Sales
    For years, industry observers have wondered both how YouTube will make money and how it will stem complaints about piracy. With its newly expanded click-to-buy program, the site seems poised to kill two birds with one stone.
  • Pew: Universal Broadband Faces Hurdles
    The Obama administration is expected to make universal broadband a priority, but a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that achieving that goal will require more than just better pipes. Currently, around one in four American adults don't have home Internet connections of any type -- broadband or dial-up, according to Pew. What's more, about half of that group says they have no use for the Web.
  • Kentucky's Move To Kill Online Gambling Squashed -- For Now
    In a closely watched case, an appellate court in Kentucky rebuffed the state governor's attempts to shut down online gambling. But, while the case attracted attention from a wide range of outside groups who made all sorts of lofty constitutional arguments, the judges ended up deciding the case on a technicality.
  • Keeping Justice Opaque: RIAA Wants Private Hearing
    The record industry is winding down its litigation campaign against file-sharers, but the few cases that remain could still influence online media for years to come. In one lawsuit under way in Boston, the most heated issue this week concerns whether to allow a Webcast of the proceedings.
  • Comcast Playing Favorites Again?
    Last year, faced with an irate Federal Communications Commission, Comcast said it would stop blocking peer-to-peer visits to manage congestion on its network. Instead, the company promised to control traffic without regard to the type of content or application. But it's not clear that Comcast is keeping that promise.
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